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Steam and Heat THIS! [Mar. 12th, 2009|10:42 am]
terribleturnip
I don't get Steam and Heat. I can now "steam and heat" my vegetables, my Ravioli...

What exactly is the appeal? Fewer dishes?

What do you wind up with? A painfully hot bag of moving, liquidy stuff, that you now have to maneuver out of the microwave...where? On your counter?

No? You put it on a plate...the "fewer dishes" starts to crumble...

And I know the bags are supposed to be easy to open, but even with my chef's fingers, that steam is freaking HOT. So now I have to get out my kitchen shears..something else that needs to be rinsed off...

And how the hell am I supposed to season it? In the bag? Now I've got a hot steaming bag that is precariously propped open on the counter...just begging to tip over and spill those nuclear hot peas all over the place.

So I put in the olive oil or butter, salt/spices...and now what? Shake it up? That hot bag? Get out a spoon (another thing to wash) and stir it up...and I still have to use that to get them out of the bag and onto the plate, 'cause there seems to be extra liquid in there.

So, I wind up cooking it in the bag and then dumping it into a bowl to season/drain. When I could have dumped the frozen product into the bowl, nuked it and NOT burned myself on the nuclear hot bag.

Or, better yet, quickly warmed it in a pot, that comes with a handy handle that allows me to shake the seasonings....

Don't even get me started with what's probably coating the bag to keep it stable and why you might not want that in contact with your food.

Just because it's new, doesn't mean it's better. You'd think that Microsoft would have taught everyone that by now.

Stupid Monkeys...
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[User Picture]From: im_geva
2009-03-12 03:36 pm (UTC)
Stupid Monkey Marketing 'Geniuses'

It took me several months to even look at the bag and read that I was supposed to put the WHITE SIDE UP and NOT POKE A HOLE in it the way I do every other bag of frozen veg that enters my microwave...

I think I'll have nuclear peas for lunch...
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2009-03-12 06:36 pm (UTC)
I vote building the dish from scratch and heating it in a stainless steel or cast iron or La Cruesette pan. Nix on the microwave, questionable plastic bag (combined with microwaves? EW.) and pre-made food in general. But's just Me. I'm a picky bitch and getting more so all the time.
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2009-03-12 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know. But I had a coupon. And they were on sale. So I think they may have paid ME to buy it. Plus, I am monkey-curious and an ex-buyer, so I feel the need to try things. If it makes you feel any better, I bought the kind without the icky fake sauce, which I suppose explains my seasoning dilemma.
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2009-03-12 11:54 pm (UTC)
LOL! I know the compulsion a coupon can bring on, especially when it ends up paying you to try something! "Monkey-curious" is a great descriptor. You should TM that one. You never said if the dish turned out okay or not... I hope it was worth the trouble.
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2009-03-13 11:36 am (UTC)
Just frozen peas with a little lemon olive oil and basil as a side dish. It certainly wasn't worth the trouble! Next time I dump the bag right in the saucepan.
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2009-03-13 01:47 pm (UTC)
Simple is easier and usually better. Next time I do peas I'll do the lemon olive oil and basil idea- I usually just drown them in butter and it would be nice to have a change.
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[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2009-03-12 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if I want questionable plastic coatings next to my food, I'll get Chinese takeout.

This is just the 21st century version of the "boil-in bag" -- do you remember those? It was a frozen plastic bag that you put bag and all into a pot of boiling water. And then it was done and you had to somehow get the food out of a boiling hot bag.

This reminds me to post my rant about ludicrously over-engineered Saran Wrap dispensers.
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